Back in the day, everyone came to the epiphany of being exposed to computers and learning that we had to type using the keyboard. I remember playing Oregon Trail, looking at the keyboard, and thinking “WTF is this POS! The keyboard lay out isn’t set up like the alphabet starting from the top with the letter ‘A’ and working its way down to the letter ‘Z’.” I raised my hand and asked the teacher, “Can I rearrange the letters?”
Decades later, the standard keyboard setup we’ve all come to learn and operate is officially known as QWERTY. But how did this come to be? Is/was there a more efficient way of typing without getting carpal tunnel? In 1932, Dr. Dvorak (with funds from the Carnegie Foundation) set out to create a new keyboard layout that was based on research and logic. DVzine.org explains that with the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, 70% of your keystrokes are on the “home row”, while currently with the QWERTY model that we all use, that only accounts for 31%. Talk about being efficient!
While there are still even more keyboard layouts other than the QWERTY and Dvorak options, we stumbled upon a web comic that educates us on the history behind this random layout that’s become the standard on our computer and mobile systems. All I have to say about that is, “F*ck you Remington and your greedy monopoly. You scarred me as a child, my children, and the rest of the United States future generations.”
Seen below is the The DVORAK Zine, which is a 24-page manifesto that uses the power of illustration to promote the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard Layout. Below you’ll learn about the history of Dvorak, how to set it up on your computer and plenty of links, exercises, and typing tutors to help you start typing Dvorak, if the interest is there of course. Check it out and let us know your thoughts.